Chamberlain: I hope 100 years from now we'll still be talking about his personal integrity. When Rex went in to interview with President Reagan, just before he was appointed to be the solicitor general of the United States, Rex was so impressed with his persona, his ability to just visit with him as a person. Reagan wanted to know what he was like. He asked him about his family and the one thing that Rex wrote in his journal was that President Reagan asked him about ethics – if he could give him a definition of integrity or ethics. And Rex shared with him his favorite definition of ethics, and that came from Justice Potter Stewart, a past Supreme Court Justice. Justice Stewart said, "Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is the right thing to do." And President Reagan loved that. And they shared that and talked about it. Rex was so impressed, as I am, with a man who stood up for what he believed and was not afraid to say what he believed, and yet was able to do it in such a gracious manner.
Bangerter: None of us know what we are going to be talking about a hundred years from now for sure. I think that you look at Lincoln and Lincoln had a rough presidency. It was tough. He had nothing but trouble, nothing but opposition. And yet he was remembered because he stood his ground. In a political system that kind of wanders as our does, those who have been consistent, those who have defended the right, those who have stood for the things that last because none of us know where we are going right now. We are in limbo as a nation. We really need someone who gives the clarion call. The scripture says, 'If the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who will heed to the battle?' I think we will remember that Reagan didn't give an uncertain sound. He talked directly and spoke the truth and led us in a right direction. It doesn't take us long to get off that direction if we're not careful.
Newell: At the state funeral of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher was so committed to being there, but she was very weak herself so she had prerecorded the message months before the funeral. And good she did because she couldn't speak at the funeral. She was helped in. Gorbachev was there along with 60 other world leaders. And I told my wife that Ronald Reagan, in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson in his essay in 1844 on character, that when the man arrived, it altered the face of affairs. And I said, 'Here we had 1,000 people in the Cathedral, 1,000 plus, and it was sad.' It was pretty heavy because the man we're still talking about today, his voice was gone. But when the doors opened and Mrs. Reagan brought the casket in, that casket raised the spirits of that group again. He was an unusual, unusual spirit of the age.
Watch the Reagan Roundtable
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Reagan Roundtable: Video: Utahns remember Ronald Reagan's lasting influence
Reagan panel participants
Gov. Norman Bangerter: Former Governor of Utah.
Lt. Gov. John Harmer: Reagan's Lt. Governor in Calif.
Sen. Jake Garn: Former U.S. Senator from Utah.
Congressman Jim Hansen: Former U.S. Congressman from Utah.
Dick Richards: Republican National Chairman under Reagan.
Amb. Greg Newell: Asst. Sec. of State and Ambassador to Sweden under Reagan.
Janet Lee Chamberlain: Wife of the late Rex E. Lee who was Solicitor General under Reagan and Mother of Utah Sen. Mike Lee.
Ronald Fox: White House Advanceman from Nixon to George Bush.
Paul Edwards: Editorial page editor of the Deseret News.
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